Fuel issues last week and towed in

iddooer

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Someone was asking for info on my situation with me saying I had fuel issues and was towed in by the coast guard. I’ll try to make it brief. Last time out squiding I smelled fuel and started looking for the reason. Ended up having to removed the floors to find a crack in the fuel tank. Brought it back to the manufacturer to have a new tank installed. After everything was reinstalled I took it in for service and had everything gone through and thought it was good to to. I took it out for about a two hour test run and had no issues so I refueled and loaded up for the Hali opener. We made it out to our destination and came to an idle. Within 5 minutes or so the main engine dies. I fired up the kicker and the same happens to that. We checked for obstructions in the lines we tried bypassing the fuel water separator I pulled the fuel sending unit to make sure there was fuel in like the fuel flow meeter was reading thinking maybe someone siphoned the fuel out the day before but didn’t think about pulling the fuel pick up fitting off the new tank They should have had that thing installed at the factory. I never thought to check that till I was getting towed back in. Had a few hours to think about it and came to the conclusion that it was most likely something like that. So we were not able to start either motors and was towed in After the boat was on the trailer we went to rinse off the trailer at a ramp with no other boats pumped the balls both motors fired up. I them pulled the bait tank off and remove the fuel line and removed the fuel pickup tube. Seems the manufacturer forgot to install the fitting without the pickup tube. With it being choppy out there last Thursday my boat was in a nose up attitude most of the way out making the fuel be at the back of the tank and the fitting was acting as the pick up for fuel. Once I slowed and was floating around the fuel in the tank leveled off and the motor was not getting any fuel. Hope that makes sense
 
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kwik_wurk

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Well your home safe at least. - Bet the pickup tube is sloshing around the tank somewhere. (broken or disconnected somehow). Would be surprised if it was never there to begin with.
 
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Captain Decent

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Damn thunderjet why no get anything right?

That sucks I'm surprised you made it as far as you did. Wonder if it was left off or broke off
 
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    Never fails , the dam learn curve of our boat and issues they present. sounds like the 3rd run will be the charm!
     
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    sgwill122

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    I had a similar problem 10 years ago on a tuna run after a new engine was installed and new larger fuel line run to the tank. The difference in my scenario was my pickup tube was a half inch too long so had pressure from hitting the bottom of the tank which caused the pickup tube to deform a bit around the hose barb. This allowed air to get sucked in. Same symptom, the engine would not run, I could have solved mine on the water by pulling the pickup tube and cutting it down but did not figure it out till I got home.

    How far out were you when the motor died and how long did it take to get in?
     
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    iddooer

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    Yep sounds very similar. I was out NW at the halibut hole on the 124.53 line pretey far offshore. Floated around total time around 5 and a half hours. Took a few hours to get towed in as well
     
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    Pacific Jigger

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    Glad things turned out well. In some conditions, no power can be a dangerous thing.
    The situation you experienced is precisely why I carry an auxiliary tank for the kicker, filled from a different source than the main tank. I'm setup to run off the main tank for the kicker in general use, but the aux tank is always on standby in case demons infest the fuel. On the water exorcisms are generally quite difficult to perform.
    I discovered on one memorable occasion (crossing the bar on an ebb), that a four ton boat doesn't paddle real well.
     
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